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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2000

(202) 514-2007


TDD (202) 514-1888


30-Day Public Comment Period Commences June 9, 2000

Washington, D.C. - Two daily newspapers in Denver, Colorado, have filed an application with Attorney General Janet Reno for approval of a joint newspaper operating arrangement, the Justice Department announced today.

The application was filed on May 12, 2000 by The E.W. Scripps Company, whose subsidiary, the Denver Publishing Company, publishes the Denver Rocky Mountain News, and the MediaNews Group, Inc., whose subsidiary, the Denver Post Corporation, publishes The Denver Post.

The proposed arrangement provides that the printing and commercial operations of both newspapers would be handled by a third entity, the "Agency", which will be owned by the parties in equal shares. According to the application, the proposed joint operating agreement provides for the complete independence of the news and editorial departments of the two newspapers.

The Newspaper Preservation Act, 15 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., requires joint newspaper operating arrangements, such as the one proposed by the Denver newspapers, obtain the prior written consent of the Attorney General of the United States in order to qualify for the antitrust exemption provided by the Act.

Before granting consent, the Attorney General must find that one of the publications is a failing newspaper and that approval of the arrangement would effectuate the policy and purpose of the Act. The Act requires that the Antitrust Division review the application and submit a report to the Attorney General on their findings.

Any person with views about the proposed arrangement may file written comments stating the reasons why approval should or should not be granted, or request that a hearing be held on the application. A request for hearing must set forth the issues of fact to be determined and the reason that a hearing is believed necessary to determine them.

Comments may be mailed or delivered to the Assistant Attorney General for Administration, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530, and must be received by July 10, 2000. Replies to any comments filed on or before that date may be filed on or before August 8, 2000.

In accordance with the Newspaper Preservation Act Regulations, at 28 CFR Part 48, copies of the proposed arrangement and other materials filed by the newspapers in support of the application are available for public inspection in the main offices of the newspapers involved. In addition, these materials plus any filed comments are available for public inspection Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Department of Justice, National Place Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 1220, Washington, DC 20530.